K'Nex Brands Congratulates Jamie McMurray on 3rd Place Finish in Nascar Nationwide Series Race

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Top-Three Finish Came in the K’NEX No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Our NASCAR race weekend promotion was a great success

K'NEX, America’s building toy company, congratulates Jamie McMurray and the No. 88 JR Motorsports team on its third place finish in May 15th's NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway.

McMurray’s third place finish came behind the wheel of the No. 88 K’NEX JR Motorsports Chevrolet. K’NEX recently unveiled a new line of NASCAR licensed building toys including Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 National Guard car and Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Pepsi car.

To promote the new line of products, K’NEX joined forces with Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports to sponsor the No. 88 Chevrolet, piloted by Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray. In addition to being the primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide series race, K’NEX donated $100,000 of toys to The Dale Jr. Foundation and the NASCAR Foundation, some of which will be distributed to the Jamie McMurray Foundation and is donating 10% of knex.com sales to The Dale Jr. Foundation for the month of May.

“Our NASCAR race weekend promotion was a great success,” said Michael Araten, president of K’NEX, “Meeting the fans and NASCAR drivers has given all of us a new level of appreciation for the sport and Jamie McMurray’s come from behind third place finish was icing on the cake.”

K’NEX also hosted a tent in the Fan Zone so that young race fans could build with K’NEX pieces and explore the new NASCAR sets. Prior to the race K’NEX hosted an online contest that awarded 100 lucky winners with two tickets each to the Heluva Good! 200. In celebration of McMurray’s third place finish, K’NEX will offer special savings on its website, http://www.knex.com for the week following the race.

K’NEX and NASCAR announced a licensing partnership in June 2009 with the first products debuting at the end of that year. K’NEX NASCAR building sets offer the most popular NASCAR drivers and enough cars, parts, and accessories to create an entire NASCAR world.

About K’NEX Brands

Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children. Winner of over 200 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX seeks to build young minds with its exciting product line and critically acclaimed K’NEX Education program. For more information, please visit http://www.knex.com.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America's     premier sports. NASCAR is the No. 1 spectator sport – with more of the top 20 highest attended sporting events in the U.S. than any other sport, and is the No. 2 rated regular-season sport on television. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in 20 languages. NASCAR fans are the most brand loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport.

NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as two international series. Also part of NASCAR is Grand-Am Road Racing, known for its competition on road courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Based in Daytona Beach (Fla.), NASCAR has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlotte (N.C.), Concord (N.C.), Conover (N.C.), Bentonville (Ark.), Mexico City, and Toronto.

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